Judging Criteria for the Bioethics Research Showcase

The Bioethics Showcase is intended to highlight existing student research on topics in bioethics and to inspire additional research the field.  Central to the purpose of the Showcase is the desire to encourage and enable students to contribute to the conversation and range of thought in bioethics through their work.

Based on this purpose, submissions to the Showcase will be judged on four (4) basic elements that together reflect a student submission’s potential contribution to broadening or changing the existing thought in bioethics.

These four criteria are:

  • clarity/quality of presentation
  • critical analysis and contextualization of the work
  • originality
  • effective engagement

A general explanation of what is meant by each of these elements:

clarity/quality of presentation

will be assessed on a number of factors: was the goal/purpose/hypothesis/plan for the research clearly stated or described? is the writing/presentation of the project organized and understandable? do the conclusions follow from the research findings presented? for creative submissions: the assessment of clarity or quality will draw on 1) the student’s artist’s statement,  2) the final submitted work, and 3) the relationship between the two – is the goal/purpose/hypothesis/plan clearly described in the artist’s statement? how well is the goal achieved in the creative work? do the creative design, composition, technique support the artist’s goal?

critical analysis and contextualization of the work

is there evidence of critical thinking about the issue? has the student thoughtfully assessed existing scholarship? has the student included views or information about aspects of the issue that have been neglected previously? does the student place his/her work within the larger context of existing academic research or artistic exploration?


may take many forms, students might focus on one type – all forms certainly are not required in any one submission. Some considerations regarding originality include: does the student employ novel methods? analyze original sources? develop a fresh presentation style? offer an innovative framing of the issue? propose new approaches? present new ideas? offer unexpected comparisons or contrasts?, include new information about an issue?, etc.

effective engagement

depending on the medium: is the presentation visually pleasing? does the writing engage the reader? does the submission encourage personal reflection in the reader/viewer? does the piece create an emotional response? is the work thought-provoking?